CARSON, Calif. — After 22 rounds, Jermell Charlo seems to be completed along with his rivalry with Brian Castano. Charlo made the right changes after their first encounter and outboxed Castano down the stretch en path to the brutal Tenth-round end following two knockdowns on Saturday.
The 31-year-old from Houston can now cherish the largest win of his profession, the one which in the end made him undisputed at 154 kilos six years after he gained his first title with an eighth-round KO of John Jackson.
His resume grew all through the method. A primary-round KO of Erickson Lubin. The Eleventh-round KO of Tony Harrison in a rematch. And in addition an eighth-round KO of Jeison Rosario in 2020 which secured his third belt. However the Castano bouts have been the hardest of all of them, even contemplating his controversial resolution loss to Harrison in 2018.
Now, extra younger, hungry challengers await, with two standing out above the pack: Tim Tszyu and Sebastian Fundora. They have been each ringside at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park to get a better take a look at the brand new ruler of the junior middleweight division, and so they each need their title shot now.
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Tszyu, the son of Corridor of Famer Kostya Tszyu, seems to be first up after he agreed to step apart to permit Charlo and Castano to proceed with Saturday’s rematch. The 27-year-old Australian is coming off one of the best win of his profession, a unanimous-decision victory over Olympian Terrell Gausha in March — a bout the place he was dropped within the first spherical. However is the quickly growing boxer prepared for among the finest fighters within the sport?
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“Totally different warmth in America,” stated Charlo, 31. “How a lot cash he acquired? F— Tim.”
The disparity of their profession earnings apart, Tszyu sits because the WBO’s obligatory challenger and is rated No. 3 by ESPN at junior middleweight. He’s additionally one of many largest sports activities stars in Australia, which is ready to host 50,000-plus followers for the undisputed light-weight championship combat between George Kambosos and Devin Haney on June 5.
Nonetheless, Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) informed ESPN hours earlier than Charlo and Castano entered the ring that he wished his combat with the winner within the U.S.
“Two years already I’ve been obligatory for the WBO title, so I believe it’s about time,” he stated. “I favor the Charlo combat [in comparison to a Castano fight]. Stylistically I believe it makes extra sense for myself.
“Only a higher combat, greater buzz; that’s what boxing’s all about. I wanna convey a giant, huge combat [to Australia] after I win one thing huge.”
Simply hours after falling to Charlo, Castano was cautious of Tszyu’s probabilities.
“He’s an incredible fighter, however he’s most likely not prepared for Charlo,” Castano stated. “He ought to face one other opponent earlier than that, though he appeared nice towards Terrell Gausha.”
Fundora (19-0-1, 13 KOs) can also be coming off the largest win of his profession. Often known as “The Towering Inferno” for his six toes, five-and-a-half inches and dizzying quantity of punches, Fundora brutalized Lubin final month in a slugfest.
And like Tszyu, he was compelled to rise off the canvas from his first-career knockdown to notch the victory, a ninth-round TKO that assured him a shot at Charlo’s WBC title.
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“I take myself as a power-puncher as effectively, and he’s additionally a power-puncher so it’s fireworks,” Fundora, who lives in Southern California, informed ESPN. “These huge fights need to occur for me to develop and end my prime, however proper now, I believe we’re firstly of [my prime]…. I’ve all the time been taller than all people else so these uppercuts are proper subsequent to my face.”
No matter — and whomever — lies forward for Charlo, he’s earned an extended relaxation and all of the accolades that accompany such an exhilarating victory. He additionally has the boxing abilities and the facility to be among the finest on the planet.
And now, he’s confirmed his mettle, too, towards one of the crucial relentless pressure-fighters on the planet. However 4 titles imply 4 sanctioning-body obligations to meet, and many males aiming for his spot.
“I confirmed these haters I can stand there and commerce,” Charlo stated. “That is legacy. That is one thing that’s legendary. I’m a legend.”